Although Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings – 95% has been a box office success (by the current standards of the pandemic) that exceeded the expectations of collection, it still does not reach the country that Marvel expected to make more money: China. The story of Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings It is a tribute not only to Marvel comics, but to the cinema of the Asian country and its rich culture, but it seems increasingly difficult for the censors to approve it, because in addition to the fact that a racist past weighs on the character, the actor Simu Liu He spoke of a very sensitive issue, hunger in communist regimes.
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Simu liu, protagonist of Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, is a Canadian actor whose parents emigrated from China when he was five years old. Before joining Marvel, he was known for his participation in the sitcom Kim’s Convenience, from CBC Television, and now everyone is hearing about him, not only because of the superhero he plays, but because he often expresses controversial opinions without fear of criticism, as when he responded to the CEO of Disney on Twitter for saying that Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings it was an “experiment.”
However, the new controversy in China is due to an old interview conducted in March 2017. This Wednesday, September 8, according to Taiwan News, the Weibo account of the nationalist organization Diba, shared fragments of an interview with Simu liu with CBC, from the series What’s Your Story, where the actor said his parents told him stories of what it was like to grow up in communist China.
In the screenshots shared by Diba we can read the actor saying:
[Mis padres me contaban] about what it was like to grow up in communism in China, where you had people starving. They lived in the third world, and they believed that Canada was a guajiro dream.
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He also added that he and his parents were able to have a “free life” thanks to Canada. According to Taiwan News, the video was mysteriously removed from the CBC site, but its resurgence has prompted negative comments, because having left China at age five and considering itself Canadian now, Simu liu He had no right to star in the first Marvel movie about a Chinese superhero in the opinion of many. These are some of the comments collected by the site:
So how can you interpret a Chinese?
How did your parents go to Canada 27 years ago, working illegally washing dishes?
Just looking at his face brings you bad luck.
Others reacted better to the actor’s statements and said that his words were being exaggerated and that his parents had grown up in another era.
This controversy adds to the past of the character, who in the comics was the son of Fu Manchu, a racist stereotype. In the film, the original father of Shang-Chi was changed by “The Mandarin”, another villain who emerged with a great racist charge of “yellow danger” and who this time has tried to redeem his dark past, but Marvel has not convinced to the Chinese government otherwise. According to ., that the protagonist is Canadian and not Chinese also caused annoyance among fans of the Asian country, and the fact that it is about someone who escapes his traditionalist father to live in the United States, is problematic.
For good luck Simu liu and Marvel, in the countries where it has been released Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, It has had a good reception from critics and the public, as well as a higher box office collection than originally expected.
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